Meeuwen sterven in de haven (1955)

An inexperienced triumvirate – film critic Roland Verhavert (1927-2014), film amateur Rik Kuypers (1925) and writer Ivo Michiels (1923-2012) surprised friend and foe of Flemish cinema in 1955 with their Seagulls Die In The Harbour. The Antwerp harbour is the background for a film about existential loneliness. After the heyday of the folk films of Jan Vanderheyden en Edith Kiel, Seagulls marks the birth of a mature Flemish cinema.